History of Boot Camp Training: From Military To Women Fitness

Did he say I needed to go through boot camp training ? Oh, no way. This is what happened: several years ago, I came across a CraigsList ad calling translators to apply, promising a huge chance of working for the FBI, CIA and other government agencies. I had to call I am not only a translator, but I have this fantasy that I am an FBI agent fighting bad guys. When I reached out to them, I realized it was the Army who was recruiting. They guaranteed to place you in a translator position as soon as you came out of boot camp training. I don’t know why I rejected the idea back then. Well, I do know why: I didn’t want anyone telling me what to do, and I had some information about what happens in military boot camps. I didn’t want to go through that.

Now, almost 8 years later, I kind of regret not joining. At the time, I had no kids, and I was recently married and open to working full time. Who knows? Maybe now I would be an FBI agent working as a linguist deciphering operations and dismantling drug cartels.

Why I Joined A Boot Camp Training

It’s funny to think that boot camp trainings are so trendy right now. It’s because ultimately, people love to be told what to do. If you think about it, the blog posts that have the most clicks are the ones that tell people what they’re doing wrong. When I went to the gym by myself, I didn’t have the motivation or discipline to keep going for more than 10 minutes, but when I signed up to a boot camp, the trainer was telling me to keep running and I kept running, and I didn’t stop for forty minutes straight.

Modern boot camps have only been around for 25 years, but they’ve existed since 1888, when the US implemented them at the Elmira Reformatory in New York to keep their inmates active. And later the Army continued this regime to rehabilitate soldiers who had committed criminal behavior. So basically we put ourselves in a situation that back in the day was aimed to reform people. We all know discipline makes us better, but why is it that we need someone yelling directions at us so finally get in shape?

From The Prisons To The Gyms

Even though the US started boot camp training in prisons and in military (they even called it “shock incarceration”), it was the UK that made it popular among civilians by doing “Celebrity Boot Camps”. The series “Celebrity Fit Club” ran for 4 seasons.
Brought back to the States in 1999, it became largely popular here as well. Nowadays, it doesn’t only mean strict training, but it also brings people together and gives exercising a social aspect.
In addition, there are other benefits that boot camp training brings into someone’s life, like mental health, as working out regularly can help to reduce high blood pressure, hypertension and fight stress, mostly because of the release of endorphins that act as a mood elevator. We were made to be active, after all, and it’s said that sedentary work can take years off your life. Also, when you do high intensity interval training, or boot camp, you burn fat, lose weight, get leaner and that helps with self-esteem and self love.

So in conclusion, if I am willing to join a boot camp training because it works, keeps me motivated, and brings amazing benefits to my mental and physical health, why didn’t I join the Army back in the day? I could have been a detective! Ok, maybe I am dreaming too much. But the truth is that whether in the military or not, whether we’re ex-cons or we have a clean criminal record, boot camp training is proven to bring amazing results to everyone that subjects themselves to it. If you have been on the fence about it, don’t wait one more day and join one to start reaping the benefits of having a healthy (and hot!) body and mind.

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